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Monitoring

Description

Monitoring plays a key role in the implementation of the WFD. The WFD monitoring programme covers quantity, physico-chemistry, morphology and biology (phytoplankton, macro-phytes, phyto-benthos, benthic invertebrates and fish) and it distinguishes between surveillance, operational, investigatory and trend monitoring. The importance of ensured quality and comparability of analytical results is duly addressed by the WFD’s daughter directive on technical specifications for chemical analysis and monitoring of water status (Commission Directive 2009/90/EC – QA/QC Directive).

The WFD foresees an interim report about the implementation of the Programmes of Measures 3 years after implementing the measures.

This activity will develop indicators to monitor the implementation of the programme of measures of the RBMPs and tools to support the visualisation of the monitoring results. Regarding evidence-based data, the focus will be on the development of practices to use socio-economic data to extrapolate quantified information about the main pressures on water resources.

Products:

  • Set of indicators to monitor the implementation of the programme of measures of the RBMPs;
  • Model-based methods to extrapolate quantified pressures from available socio-economic data

 Monitoring of Surface Water

Monitoring of surface waters is based on the requirements of the WFD to assess the ecological status of water bodies and will contribute to the development of River Basin Management Plans.

For surface water monitoring capacity building focuses on technical and methodological support with a view to improve monitoring networks for ecological monitoring on the needs of the countries and at regional level for trans-boundary water management.

An emphasis is put on the development of ecological assessment systems where a stepwise approach is applied and tailored to the needs of the countries. Starting with a classification and delineation of water bodies and followed by biological and hydro-morphological monitoring based on pressure impact relations, the basis is built for the implementation of a common ecological status classification system. This will also include monitoring of coastal and transboundary water bodies and aspects of inter-calibration.

 Project Progress

Kiev, Ukraine, 24 - 25 may 2018: two-day workshop “Delineation of surface water bodies in the EUWI+ pilot area”

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